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Weekend Picks: NOLA ChristmasFest, Menorah Parade, and More

The ice skating rink at NOLA ChristmasFest (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

The weekend between Christmas and New Years in New Orleans is the perfect time to get out and explore, view the holiday lights, and soak up the magic before the holiday season officially ends. Take a stroll down Fulton Street, or a walk through Celebration in the Oaks to see the dazzling lights. Celebrate Hanukkah at the Mobile Menorah Parade, and visit NOLA ChristmasFest for a winter wonderland. It’s the final weekend of 2019 – time to cross some items off your NOLA bucket list.

A gingerbread house at NOLA ChristmasFest (Photo: Paul Broussard)


NOLA ChristmasFest – The Convention Center transforms into the ultimate winter wonderland complete with a 52-by-140-foot ice skating rink, carnival rides, a carousel, an ice slide, inflatable bouncy houses, a 15-foot interactive snow globe, pictures with Santa, and a whole lot more. Truly, this is something you have to experience first-hand in New Orleans. NOLA ChristmasFest is open December 20-31, including Christmas Day. Tickets are $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

Christmas Pop-Ups – This weekend, visit a Christmas Pop-Up at Longway Tavern, Barrel Proof, or Barcadia. Clever cocktails and over-the-top decorations are trademarks of the internationally sought after Christmas Miracle Pop-Up, held at both Longway Tavern and Barrel Proof. Visit Miracle at Longway Tavern Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. until close, and from 10 a.m. to close Friday through Sunday. Visit Miracle at Barrel Proof every day from 4 p.m. until close. Barcadia is hosting a locally-produced Christmas pop-up with festive decor, family-friendly activities, and a free mug with purchase of any Christmas-themed cocktail.


Great Russian Nutcracker – This holiday classic will come to life via the Moscow Ballet this Friday in New Orleans. Audiences of all ages will delight in the dazzling costumes, stunning sets, and world-class dancing. Catch the show at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theater. Tickets start at $29.

Seasonal decor welcomes Hanukkah (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Mobile Menorah Parade – Celebrate Hanukkah, New Orleans-style. The Mobile Menorah Parade lives up to its name as a parade of cars with Menorahs mounted on top. The parade begins at Chabad of Louisiana (7037 Freret St.), heads down St. Charles to Poydras, then toward the French Quarter to Esplanade Avenue before heading back around to Royal, and to St. Charles Avenue back to its starting point. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. For more on how to celebrate Hanukkah in New Orleans, see here.


All month long, experience the holidays in New Orleans. Start by seeing the lights at Celebration in the Oaks, Zoo Lights, and the Roosevelt Hotel. Visit Miracle on Fulton Street to see the snow. Between holiday concerts, tea, Réveillon, and holiday shopping, there’s plenty to see and do this month in New Orleans.

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